Phillies shut down again, Cubs take series

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 15, 2014 at 5:36 pm •  Published: June 15, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg kept waiting for his hitters to solve Travis Wood.

They never did.

Philadelphia managed just three hits while being shut out for the ninth time this year, losing to the Chicago Cubs 3-0 on Sunday.

Travis Wood (7-5) didn't allow a hit until Ben Revere's one-out single in the sixth. He gave up three hits in eight innings while striking out six and walking three.

Neil Ramirez finished the shutout with a scoreless ninth for his third save in as many chances.

Sandberg seemed frustrated that the Phillies didn't figure out how to hit Wood.

"The guy was pitching up in the zone and we were hitting flyballs," Sandberg said. "For us not to make an adjustment and not get on top of some of those balls, those are hittable balls."

Philadelphia entered Sunday near the bottom of the league in several offensive categories. Among them, the Phillies were 10th in runs, hits and RBIs, and 11th in batting average, on-base percentage and homers.

Those numbers won't improve after a performance in which only Revere, Jimmy Rollins and Cesar Hernandez managed hits — all singles.

"Our pitching has kept us in games," Sandberg said. "On the offensive side, it's about picking things up on offense."

A.J. Burnett (4-6) gave up three runs and eight hits in eight innings. He moved past Hall of Famer Eddie Plank into 50th place on the career strikeout list with his fifth-inning fanning of Luis Valbuena, giving him 2,252.

Burnett was upset with himself, not the Phillies' hitters.

"Our guys ain't going out there trying to get out," he said. "He came out and made good pitches against us all game. It's not frustrating on my part because I have a job to do."

The Cubs got their offense from Anthony Rizzo, who hit his 14th home run. Starlin Castro added three hits as the Cubs took two of three at Citizens Bank Park to win their first road series of the season.

The last-place Cubs had been 0-9-3 in road series this year, and hadn't won a series away from Wrigley Field since last Sept. 9-11. This was the Cubs' first series win in Philadelphia since April 2001.

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